The senate today in a deft legislative move, responded to the uncertainty and legal lacuna inherent in the current Inec laws.
Standing in name of Senator Muhammad Ubale Shitu- Jigawa North Easth, the senate debated a bill for an act to strengthen the Independent National Electoral Commission by giving it more powers, and providing for substitutions of candidates affected by the condut of primary elections in the event of death; and for related matters and referred it to the Committee on Inec to report within four (4) days
The senate concurred with the House of Representatives in its report of the delegation to Kogi state on illegal removal of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly. It condemned the role played by the Nigerian police force in providing covers for only five (5) members of the Assembly leaving out fifteen (15) others thereby subverting the constitution.
The senate invoked its powers conferred on it by section 11 (4) of constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria, taking over the legislative functions of the Assembly pending the amicable resolution of the crisis as well as nullifying the speakers impeachment while directing the Inspector General of Police to seal the Kogi state Assembly complex pending the resolution of the crisis.
The Rising cases of insecurity and sea piracy along Nigerias waterways attractd the attention of the Nigerian senate.
In response, the senate urged the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Maritime Administration and safety Agency (NIMASA) Nigeria police (Marine police command), State Governments and all other relevant agencies to collaborate, tighten the security along Nigerias waterways and canals to prevent armed robbers from turning the waterways into escape route; and put in place a practice strategy of tackling sea piracy and armed robbery on the waterways, creeks and canals.